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definition of the word tough

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Old English tōh

tough (comparative tougher, superlative toughest)




  1. strong and resilient; sturdy
    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
  2. (of food) difficult to cut or chew
    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
  3. rugged or physically hardy
    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
  4. (of weather etc) harsh or severe
  5. rowdy or rough
    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
  6. (of questions etc) difficult or demanding
    This is a tough crowd.
  7. (slang) too bad!
    If you don't like it, tough!
  8. (material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking. See also toughness.



tough (plural toughs)

  1. A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
  2. Someone who exhibits courage and defiance during a conflict. This is usually one of violence or potential violence.
    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

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